crowd pleasers
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sophie gilliatt and katherine westwood are the dinner ladies. we love to cook food that makes people happy - and want to share what we know about stress-free cooking.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
There is a looming tomato crisis in my garden. At the beginning of the summer growing season, through a combination of busyness and laziness, I repeatedly missed the opportunity to plant our annual crop of tomatoes. Weeks then months passed, with the vegie patch receiving little or no attention but then, as I looked out one summer’s morning, I saw that where there had been a patch of soil in a tastefully rustic raised garden bed, there were now three flourishing tomato plants, already top-heavy with fruit.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/17/spaghetti-with-roast-tomatoes-and-eggplant
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Thursday 03 December 2015
To those who've asked for one last superfoods salad for the year we apologise. We just couldn't squeeze one more damn thing in. But here's the next best thing - the recipe! Teach a man to fish...
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/16/superfoods-salad
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Sunday 04 October 2015
Gingerbread stars are great to make at Christmas time - you can use them as gifts, or as homemade decorations for the tree. If you have bought a Dinner Ladies gingerbread kit, ignore everything until "Now roll out your dough..."
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/15/christmas-baking
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Friday 18 September 2015
This gingerbread house is not for the faint hearted, but wonderful to have a go at. Even if it isn't a total success, disasters are usually more memorable! If you have bought a Dinner Ladies gingerbread kit, ignore the parts of the recipe for making dough and icing.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/14/gingerbread-house
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Wednesday 06 May 2015
We're cooking a paella this week and it's such a happy, festive dish for a crowd that it calls for a Spanish theme to run through dinner. I'm always one for the easy option, particularly when friends come over. I admire but don't quite understand those who try out their most laborious and experimental cooking on guests. Tricksy, weird stuff? That's what my family's for, on sober evenings, when I have my wits about me, not socially stressed and a couple of finos worse for wear. So if I was thinking a dinner with a paella as the main event, I'd keep the bits beforehand very simple: some slices of jamon, a bowl of warmed olives, maybe a few roasted almonds and always some crudites dipped in romesco, that wonderfully versatile and piquant Spanish sauce.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/13/a-vibrant-piquant-pepper-and-nut-sauce-for-seafood-steak-or-vegetables
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